(Closed) Gift?

posted 6 years ago in Etiquette
Post # 3
1963 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I am not sure yet, I think I will do a small album of “growing up” pics for both sets of parents, maybe with a gift card so they can enjoy a night out.

Post # 4
6998 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2011

We did because they helped out financially for both the wedding and the rehearsal. We gifted both of them a weekend at a B&B but most people usually do photo album or a framed wedding picture. We really wanted them to know how thankful we were.

Post # 5
282 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I might just get my mum, and his mum, flowers, in a nice bouquet in our wedding colours. Or after the wedding you could make them a photo album of your wedding pictures in a colour that matches your wedding theme.

Post # 6
14441 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

I gave his dad a bottle of liquor, his mom a pendant of the Chinese character “love” (I’m Chinese, they’re Caucasian).  My dad a picture frame that said “No matter how old, I’ll always be daddys little girl” or something like that from Kolhs and a jewlery box for my mom.

Post # 7
5096 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

Our parents paid for our wedding and were incredibly supportive through the whole thing, so yes, we wanted to give them thank-you presents.

We gave my mom and stepdad season tickets to a chamber music group, gave his parents a gift cert toward a cruise, and gave my dad and stepmom gifts to the charity groups they each volunteer with extensively. The gifts were all roughly equal in value, but picked out with each couple’s preferences in mind.

Post # 8
1426 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

I never knew this was done before coming here to WB. I didn’t plan on it. It’s something to discuss with Fiance, but it seems like an unneeded expense. My parents and FI’s Dad just don’t need anything and I know my parents don’t like gifts to just get them and Future Father-In-Law would probably make some snarky comment about whatever we get him, as he does with any gift-giving occassion.

Taking off on the above posters idea, we may donate to charities in honor of our parents. Charities related to the diseases my parents have and a charity related to what FI’s mother died of. But, maybe that’s all too morbid!

Post # 9
1304 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

We bought them picture frames.  They seemed to like them.

Post # 10
12973 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

I definitely will be giving them something!

Post # 11
81 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@babeandbabe:  I’m in a similar sitiuation with you, I never thought about giving my parents a gift until I came here. My mom would probably make a comment about how I spent money on a gift for her when it should have gone to the wedding, that way it’s x amount of dollars I wouldn’t have had to ask her for. 

My dad lately doesn’t like gifts. For his 60th birthday he just wanted cake and a card and to spend time with his kids. My parents are divorced so joint gifts are out. 

Post # 12
170 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

It isn’t traditional to me or anyone else I know and in my book it’s stupid to get every single person a gift for every little thing that they do. I think if you’re giving something it should be something sentimental… not a watch or something. My parents are paying for my entire wedding so I will get them something nice and meaningful but those are the only people I’m getting gifts for…

Post # 13
1920 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

We gave our parents a card at our rehearsal dinner and now after the wedding are planning on giving them a photo book. However, we paid for our own wedding. If my parents had paid then I would have gotten them a more considerable gift.

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